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How Mothers in Addiction Recovery Can Find Balance

Mothers in Addiction Recovery: Understanding the Facts and Finding New Ways to Cope

Bringing another human being into this world is perhaps one of the most difficult tasks we can take on. The combination of sleep deprivation from the long hours spent caring for a child can quickly take its toll on a mother. Motherhood can also be an isolating experience at times with a whole new set of stressors – all of the components that can lead to substance abuse. Mothers turning to alcohol as a means of dealing with the demands of childrearing are becoming more and more common these days, but what does motherhood mean for mothers in addiction recovery?

The Facts

A study published on the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2017 took a closer look at problem drinking in the United States. It found that from 2002 to 2013, there was a 60 percent increase in the number of women who were high-risk drinkers (four or more drinks a day). In the same time period, women with alcoholism (alcohol use disorder) increased by over 80 percent.

Cultural Influence

Society has reinforced the idea of wine-as-reward. A handful of studies point to the benefits of drinking but at the same time, there are many negatives to consuming alcohol on a regular basis – especially when the person is involved with high-risk drinking.

Using alcohol as a way to self-medicate ends up creating a bigger problem; alcohol can actually increase anxiety levels, doing the opposite of what it’s intended for. Furthermore, the damage that alcohol can cause to the bodily organs is even more pronounced in women due to their increased rate of alcohol metabolization. Alcohol abuse has been linked with several forms of cancer and a host of other diseases.

Tips for Mothers in Addiction Recovery

Sober parenting may have its share of difficulties, but they are nothing compared to losing your life to alcohol again, especially with a child to take care of. Whether you have a partner of you are one of the many single mothers in recovery, you can find a way to create the kind of balance you need to stay clean and sober for your child, but also for your own well-being.

The following explores practical ideas to help mothers in addiction recovery:

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, get help right away. Make a phone call that will connect you to a professional drug treatment center. The call you make may save your life or the life of someone you love. Call us today at 1.800.429.7690.

Sources:

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapsychiatry/article-abstract/2647079?redirect=true

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugs-brains-behavior-science-addiction/treatment-recovery